St. Patrick Academy students present junior version of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Saint Patrick Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge isn’t a place where you’ll find wild beasts. But for one weekend, a beast in the school brought out the romantic in everyone.

Members of the St. Patrick Drama Club told a junior version of Disney’s enchanted tale of “Beauty and the Beast” in their school auditorium, entertaining capacity crowds on April 4, 5 and 6. Directed by Narrows Community Theater Treasurer Susan Huizinga, the show featured more than 40 talented students acting, singing and dancing in colorful costumes.


Parents to demonstrate against state education budget

Parents from southwest Brooklyn are planning to take part in a citywide march on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s midtown Manhattan office Thursday to protest the state education budget.

Leaders of the community education councils (CEC) of school districts 20 and 21 emailed notices and distributed fliers to parents urging them to join the after-school protest march and to bring their children along.


Met Council distributes kosher food packages for Passover

Ahead of Passover, the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is giving away 2.1 million pounds of kosher food to an estimated 50,000 families in New York who might otherwise not be able to afford to have a Seder.


Brooklyn College faculty breaks with CUNY: votes to retake control of curriculum

The full-time faculty at Brooklyn College passed a resolution on Wednesday to “retake control of curriculum decision making” and demand that the Brooklyn College and CUNY administrations “respect the faculty’s historic role in designing courses,” programs and degree requirements.

Professors are rejecting CUNY's move to “override faculty decision making” to implement the “inadequate” Pathways general education program, according to the Brooklyn College Faculty Council.


It’s official: B37 bus back in service starting June 29

The B37 bus is coming back!

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) confirmed to the Brooklyn Eagle on Tuesday that the shuttered bus line, which was eliminated in a cost-cutting measure in 2010, will be back in service starting June 29.

The B37 will run from Shore Road in Bay Ridge to the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, making stops in several neighborhoods along the way, including Bay Ridge and Sunset Park. The bus runs along Third Avenue for a large portion of its route.


Bay Ridge pols seek legislative action to curb drug abuse

Two Bay Ridge lawmakers, each taking a separate tack, are seeking legislative ways to combat heroin and prescription drug problems among the community’s young people.

State Sen. Marty Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis both said recent tragedies involving drug overdoses need to be addressed.

Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn) announcing his vote to support of a bill that will add pharmacists to the law that charges individuals with a felony for filling out false controlled substance prescriptions.


Conservative Party speaker assesses de Blasio’s first 100 days in office

April 10 will mark Bill de Blasio’s 100th day in office and a New York Post columnist offered an assessment of the mayor’s tenure so far, telling the Brooklyn Conservative Party that the mayor’s proposed ban on carriage horses on city streets bears particular scrutiny.

Nicole Gelinas, the keynote speaker at the Conservative Party’s annual brunch at the Bay Ridge Manor on April 6, called the proposed ban on the tourist-friendly carriage horse industry “a targeted attack on the small business community.”


Windsor wins Ronald Reagan Award from Conservative Party

Laurie Windsor, president of the Community Education Council of School District 20, exemplifies what Ronald Reagan talked about when he urged Americans to volunteer to help their communities, according to leaders of the Brooklyn Conservative Party, who gave her an award named after the 40th president.

“She is really what Ronald Reagan was talking about,” Party Chairman Jerry Kassar said before he and Party Vice Chairman Fran Vella-Marrone presented Windsor with the Ronald Reagan Americanism Award at the party’s annual brunch at the Bay Ridge Manor catering hall on Sunday.


Capetanakis named winner of Bay Ridge Community Council Civic Award

Basil Capetanakis, a longtime business leader and community activist in Bay Ridge, was named by the Bay Ridge Community Council as the recipient of the 2014 Civic Award, council leaders announced April 3.

Capetanakis, a licensed real estate broker, is a founding member of the Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) and is a former chairman of Community Board 10.


Bay Ridge Federal Credit Union VP says NYC’s economy is looking up

The city’s economy is getting a lot better and its growth will strengthen this year, a financial expert is predicting.

Anthony Grigos, executive vice president of the Bay Ridge Federal Credit Union, delivered that good news to a ballroom filled with the neighborhood’s movers and shakers who gathered for a party hosted by the credit union at the Bay Ridge Manor Catering Hall April 2.



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